Geoffrey Ward

Geoffrey C. Ward, a historian, screenwriter, and former editor of American Heritage, is the author of sixteen books, including A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, which won the 1989 National Critics Circle Award, the 1990 Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, A Disposition to be Rich, a life of his great-grandfather, the celebrated nineteenth-century swindler Ferdinand Ward, was published in June of 2012.

He has written or co-written more than 20 documentary films, including Huey Long, The Civil War, Baseball, The West, Unforgivable Blackness, The War and Prohibition and is the winner of six Emmy Awards and a Writers Guild Award for screenwriting. He and Ken Burns have been working together for more than 25 years. He is currently working on two series – The Roosevelts and Vietnam – and a book on the Partition of India, where he spent several boyhood years.

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